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Why am I writing about disabilities?
I have seen one too many individuals slighted by 'normal' people. People have either turned away from a person who was uncontrollably drooling, or have talked behind the back of someone who can not control the movement of their limbs; peope have told me that they 'just can't visit their relative in a nursing home because it brings up too many thoughts of death', or people have exclaimed out loud, 'boy is she crazy', and gets a laugh from those around.
Why am I writing? I am mad about the inequalities I see. I am mad about the continued apathy witness. Just because we now have laws to better protect the disabled does not necessitate that we are learning how to befriend them.
I am writing to give to them a voice. I am writing because I have friends who are disablied. I am writing, well, because I must write. Call this a prompting from God and I would not deny it. Call it my passion, my reason to live, and I would say 'Yes, that is it!"
Now, who am I?
The stats are simple: I am a middle aged man, married for 30 years, have 3 wonderful chilidren. Most of my life I have either volunteered or worked with/for people with disabilities.
How did my passion to work with the disabled come about?
The long and short of it was that this was from God. I was born with some physical disabilities that resulted in my becoming socially awkward. Specifically, I was born with a physical deformity that made it very difficult to pronounce many words, and this speech impediment became the focal point of one too many children making fun of me.
Fortunately for my, my parents brought me to speech therapists throught my elementary years and into my junior high years. Finally -I remember it as clear as day- I learned how to pronounce words correctly. Of course, after many years of taunting, I still felt socially awkward and I still needed to work through that which I have done with the help of many friends and God. I may write more about this later.
What am I trying to do in my writing on disabilities?
I really want to stir people into realizing that people who have disablities are people first and foremost.
People with disabilities have emotions, have physical needs, desire to be affirmed, want to be loved, have hopes, have had disappointments. And, unless we can understand this, and accept it, and embrace it, we will miss out on some very awesome relationships that we could have had.
I want to share my experiences, my stories, stories that I have heard in the hope that you will become inspired to reach out to those with disabilities in ways that you may never have thought possible.
So, I do hope that you will read these hub pages. Also, I have started a blog called dismantling disabilities that you might like to read also.
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